everything else is scaffolding to the beacon of that endeavor.

I became interested in music 
while in elementary school 
after learning about Billie Holiday.

How Holiday needed music, needed to create – 
that’s what I wanted in my life, too.

But my family was too poor
to get me guitar lessons,
so I didn't know what to do
with the creativity boiling over inside me.

At some point, I started writing
and I have never stopped. 

It has never not helped me with
that seemingly ubiquitous life-given 
stress and tension;
it is my connection to the pseudo-universe. 

From music to borrowed muses,
the memory of me
will be creativity
that I am unable to turn off. 

Everything else is scaffolding 
to the beacon of that endeavor.